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    qUeBecSeptember 2012 February 2013

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    5Oth AnniversAry issue Of the Qubec

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    Greetings from London

    Welcome to our second biannual cultural brochure celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Qubec Government Office in London. We are privileged to mark this important milestone with our partners from the UK during this year of Jubilee and Olympics festivities. Half way through the year, I am delighted to report on a very exciting calendar of celebrations with many more important events to come.

    The festivities major cultural highlights have included Qubecs foremost conductor Yannick Nzet-Sguin in his debut at the Royal Opera House and the presentation of our National Day

    concert by the young and extremely talented bass-baritone Philippe Sly, winner of the Prix Joseph Rouleau and the 2012 Montral International Musical Competition.

    We were also delighted to see many Qubec artists involved in the Cultural Olympiads 2012 including folk music band La Bottine Souriante representing Canada on the Americas stage with a concert at the Tower of London for the pre-Olympic event BT River of Music and singer-songwriter Lynda Thalie, giving two concerts in London (Exhibition Road Show and French Institute) on the invitation of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie as part of their campaign Le Franais Jadore to name but a few. Also, 13 young artists from Qubec will be descending on Nottingham shortly for the finale of the 2012 Cultural Olympiads, World Event Young Artists, where they will be joining a thousand artists from one hundred countries!

    Coming up, the third edition of the Qubec Annual Lecture will be highly cultural, as we present this year Mr. Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil as our special guest speaker on the 10th October at Cadogan Hall. Certainly a very inspiring event not to be missed this autumn!

    It is with great pride that I invite you to browse the following pages to discover just a few of the wonderful cultural offerings from Qubec coming to these shores in the next six months. I thank you all for your positive support and participation.

    Pierre Boulanger Agent General, Qubec Government Office in London

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    2012 in London has been an amazing year: weve seen celebrations on an unprecedented scale, a tremendous renewal of national pride and the warmest of welcome to the world nations: athletes, artists and tourists alike! Thankfully, even the weather gave us a break for a few weeks!

    Ive been deeply inspired by the spirit of our local arts partners in the face of the cuts and never ending financial crisis as well as their determination to remain open and active on the international scene. It is in times like these that culture most needs to cross borders, cross fertilise, open dialogue and

    opportunities and push the boundaries of sustainable development.

    Were thrilled to see that Qubec artists and their work still travel here and that exchanges and partnership continue to grow and multiply. Were also very pleased that Canada has been selected as one of the third country for a special European cultural grant in 2013. We hope many of you will take this opportunity to relight or deepen your relationship with Qubec artists with new exciting projects.

    Youll see theres plenty to choose from again this autumn and winter in the next few pages especially in cinema with a Qubec Focus at the Raindance Film Festival, Xavier Dolans latest film Laurence Anyways coming to the London Film Festival before its national release, Ken Scott film Starbuck also on national release in anticipation of its remake by Stephen Spielberg (Vince Vaughn stars) and finally the first edition of the event Qubec Cinema Showcase as part of the French Film Festival UK at the French Institute in London and other venues nationwide in early November!

    Enjoy whats on offer this autumn and winter, from cinema to music, visual arts to theatre and design to circus and dont hesitate to contact us. My team and I will be delighted to help you realise your project with Qubec. Lets together make the next 50 years even more successful.

    Maude LaflammeDirector of Cultural Services, Qubec Government Office in London

  • Philippe MalouinDigital Crystal: Swarovski at The Design Museum

    5 September 2012 13 January 2013 Design Museum, London

    Over the past decade, Swarovskis design and architecture commissions have served as an experimental platform for leading figures in design to conceptualise, develop and share their most radical ideas.

    Building on this platform, the Design Museum and Swarovski are now challenging some of the most exciting contemporary talents to explore the future of memory in the fast-developing digital age.

    Qubecs Philippe Malouin is among the selected designers. Malouins Blur spins a Swarovski crystal at speed, extracting a prism of light to create a painting in a colourful spectrum. Influenced by the CERN Hadron Collider, the pictures are temporary and dependent on the speed at which the crystals are spun.





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    Chad DembskiFarewell Cardiff

    14 & 15 September 2012 Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

    Created and performed by Dustin Harvey (Secret Theatre, Halifax) and Chad Dembski (Surprise Performance, Montral), Farewell is a good-bye party made specifically for a city.

    On an ordinary night, in a place you might pass by everyday, two performers make several attempts at saying goodbye to all the past and future people to leave the city. Using a camera and some really long cords they transform a public street corner into a live video backdrop, and play with audience participation to make saying goodbye a little easier to do.


    The Guid SistersBy Michel Tremblay, directed by Serge Denoncourt

    21 September 13 October 2012 Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh23 27 October 2012 Kings Theatre, Glasgow

    23 years after its seminal staging by Michael Boyd, Bill Findlay and Martin Bowmans translation of Les belles-soeurs returns to Scotland.

    Germaine Luzon wins a million Green Shield stamps. She is in for a windfall but the only way she can collect the money is to stick each stamp into a book. Calling upon her family, friends and neighbours to help, the play listens in as this formidable group of women talk about life, the world and the men in their lives.

    Coproduced by two leading Scottish theatre companies the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and the National Theatre of Scotland and directed by celebrated Qubec theatre director Serge Denoncourt.






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  • World Event Young Artists7 16 September 2012

    World Event Young Artists is the first event of its kind and will take place in the cultural city of Nottingham, England in September 2012.

    This global event will showcase a selection of the best international creative talent, across a spectrum of art forms, in one city, providing an opportunity for 1000 artists aged 18 to 30 from 100 nations to join together and share their creativity on an international platform. It will be a finale to the 2012 Cultural Olympiad in the UK and builds on the success of the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (BJCEM).

    Thirteen young artists from Qubec will be presenting their artwork and participating in the festival, representing various artistic disciplines including video art, performance, visual arts and music.

    Emmanuel Mauries Rinfret is a video artist whose work is inspired by Montral architect Norman Slater. His architectural illuminations have been projected on buildings in Montral and will be projected onto the side of one of Nottinghams landmark buildings The Royal Centre.

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  • Delicate Beast is the work of choreographer Dorian Nuskind-Oder and her collaborators Nathan Yaffe, Simon Grenier-Poirer and Rose Marie Theriault. Delicate Beasts performances utilise dance, video and sound design. For World Event Young Artists, they will be performing No Light Thing - a love story consisting of a video camera, a television and a tape recorder used with performance. With a mix of subtle movement and strong emotion, the piece unfolds quickly, like the reading of a short story. Edward Maloney has created an interactive video installation that allows participants to see their reflections in street scenes filmed in Montral; which will be re-presented in Nottingham. The installation combines life-size looped video projections of store fronts with closed-circuit video capturing visitors in the gallery environment. Live video of visitors is then merged and integrated with the projected video. Other selected artists participating in the festival from Qubec are: Interdisciplinary visual artist Annie Briard, performance artist Hugo Nadeau, musician and performer Esteban Lara, musician and co